Press Release

July 12, 2022 | By Cole Hatcher

Ohio Wesleyan’s Perkins Observatory will host daytime ‘Celebration of the Sun’ events from 2-4 p.m. July 23 and 30. The afternoon celebrations will replace the observatory’s Friday night skywatches throughout the month. (Photo by Paul Molitor)

Celebration of the Sun

Perkins Observatory to Host Afternoon Programs on July 23, 30

DELAWARE, Ohio – For two weekends in July, Ohio Wesleyan University’s “Place for Space” also will become the “Sun Spot” as Perkins Observatory hosts its popular “Celebration of the Sun” daytime skywatches.

The special Saturday-only programs will be held from 2-4 p.m. July 23 and 30 at the observatory, 3199 Columbus Pike (U.S. 23), Delaware.

The “Celebration of the Sun” events replace the observatory’s Friday night skywatches for the month, when the sun sets too late to schedule evening programs. Weather permitting, those attending the July programs will celebrate, discuss, and observe the sun using special telescopes and eclipse glasses.

It is unsafe for people to look at the sun without the appropriate eye protection, but guests may be able to observe sunspots and solar prominences – explosions on the sun’s surface – under the supervision of Perkins staff and volunteers.

Other “Celebration of the Sun” activities may include rocket launches, sundial demonstrations, views of a 1,000-yard model of the solar system, tours of the observatory, and, of course, the Perkins ghost story.

Following July’s “Celebration of the Sun” events, the observatory will return to its regularly scheduled Friday evening programs Aug. 5. Weather permitting, the skywatches will include observing the sky using the observatory’s 32-inch Schottland Telescope.

Reservations are strongly recommended for all Perkins Observatory events, as many programs sell out. Advance tickets are $10 each and may be purchased only with a credit/debit card by calling the observatory at (740) 363-1257. Tickets are $2 more if purchased at the door.

Founded in 1923, Perkins Observatory is an active research facility used by Ohio Wesleyan students and faculty. “The Place for Space” also conducts hundreds of public programs and welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year. Learn more at

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